Boise State Sees Second Half Slip Away at TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Boise State men's basketball team's first Mountain West victory slipped away in the second half, as TCU grabbed a 54-52 victory Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Boise State dropped to 10-8 on the season and 0-3 in the MW, and the Horned Frogs improved to 11-7 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Freshman guard Derrick Marks, making his first-career start, scored a team-high 13 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds. Thomas Bropleh chipped in 10 points and Anthony Drmic recoded nine points and seven rebounds, and led the team with four assists and three steals.

The Broncos started out slow on the offensive end of the floor, but their effort at the other end kept the game close. Boise State grabbed a 10-8 lead while holding the Horned Frogs without a field goal for more than six minutes, but TCU responded to its first deficit by scoring five straight.
 
It was all Broncos the rest of the half.
 
Boise State put together an 18-5 run over the next six minutes, including an 11-0 stretch that spanned less than three minutes. Drmic, after missing his first four attempts, knocked down four of his next five, and Marks chipped in 11 first-half points to help send the Broncos into intermission with a 31-21 advantage.
 
The run continued at the start of the second half, as the Broncos scored the first five points to push their advantage to 15 (36-21). Boise State still led by 15 with 10 minutes, 24 seconds remaining, but the remainder of the half belonged to the Horned Frogs.
 
The Broncos were held without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes, and TCU capitalized with a 21-2 run to take a four-point lead (54-50) with 1:14 remaining.
 
Tre' Nichols cut the Broncos' deficit to two with a lay-up with 56 seconds remaining, and he had a shot to win it as time expired but the attempt was off the mark.

The Broncos return home for a pair of games next week at Taco Bell Arena, hosting No. 14/20 UNLV Wednesday at 8 p.m., and Wyoming Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Game Notes...
...Freshman guard Derrick Marks started his first career game for the Broncos...Boise State used its ninth different starting line-up through 18 games this season, more than the team used in 35 games during 2010-11 (eight).
 
...The game between the Broncos and Horned Frogs marked first meeting on the hardwood since Dec. 23, 1977, when Boise State defeated TCU 69-43 at the Wolf Pack Classic in Reno, Nev.
 
...Boise State held TCU to 28 percent shooting (7-of-25) in the opening half, the lowest by a Bronco opponent - in any period - since the second half of the season-opening game against Colorado Christian (.259; 7-of-27), Nov. 11.


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